|Course name||Diploma of Applied Information Technology|
|Course duration||1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent^|
The Diploma of Applied Information Technology is year 1 of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology.
Diploma of Applied Information Technology graduates have gained exposure to concepts from across the breadth of the field of Information Technology. They have the knowledge to practically apply these concepts in areas including Networking, Programming, Web Development, and Systems Design and Development and have the opportunity to complete an industry certification that recognises their skill in IT problem resolution.
Should you choose to continue your studies, an applied bachelor's degree will be awarded to you at the successful completion of year 3 (or part-time equivalent).
Completing year 1 of your degree provides you with an opportunity to exit with an applied diploma, and a solid foundation for continued studies.
|Exit with||Diploma of Applied Information Technology|
|Credit points||120 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 4 industry certifications|
To operate effectively within any information system, an understanding of the theory and practice of database management systems is essential. This subject is designed to deepen students' interest and expertise in databases in general with a focus on cloud databases. A cloud database stores/processes data on the cloud. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is mainly concerned with the relational data model and students learn the basics of database design using entity-relationship diagrams and how this design can then be mapped onto the relational model. A significant part of the subject is devoted to the use of structured query language (SQL). A commercial database management system will be used throughout the subject to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalising as well as data security will also be discussed. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
In this subject, students are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject deals with systems development life cycle as a framework for IS development and emphasises the role and involvement of users in an IS project. The use of appropriate fact-finding techniques in systems analysis and an introduction to data flow and E-R modelling are covered. Several information system case studies are used to illustrate the concepts introduced. Students will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.
Appropriate information systems infrastructure is crucial to the successful operation of any organisation. This subject covers the selection and implementation of systems infrastructure dependent on client needs. There is a focus on the setup and troubleshooting of machine hardware and networks and the configuration of operating systems. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
This subject provides a general introduction to the breadth of the field of information technology. Areas covered include the main components and operation of IT devices, data storage and retrieval, networks, programming and website development.
In this subject, we lay the foundation for internetworking. Basic building blocks of internetworking in terms of two main reference models are introduced. Two main reference models, OSI and TCP/IP, are examined in detail, mainly by analysing each layer’s functionality and different protocols involved. A few of the critical concepts in network design like IP addressing, IP subnetting, VLSM, IP routing, local area network technologies (Ethernet), switching and packet analysis are also introduced with a practical approach as an enabler to perform small network designs. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
Students are introduced to object-oriented programming concepts through a contemporary programming language. Topics covered include classes and objects, encapsulation and inheritance, primitive data types, flow of control, methods, basic input/output and arrays. Software engineering principles are introduced, including coding standards, class design and testing strategies.
In this subject, students are introduced to the environments, tools, techniques and methods of thinking needed to analyse simple data processing problems and develop effective and efficient software solutions. It is assumed that participants have no previous exposure to programming.
In this subject, students are introduced to developing and implementing a workplace sustainability policy in line with a current theoretical framework and modifying it to suit the interconnections between the economy, society and the environment. Students identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, they are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also introduces students to planning, sequencing and using systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvement. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems – now and in the future.
This course has been designed with a high employability focus in the exciting world of IT. Graduates will fit roles that bridge the gap between technical and management personnel. The integration of IT certifications provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge. Career opportunities include:
|Study period||Start date||Census date||Last withdrawal||End date|
|2022 study blocks|
|Study Block 1||10/01/2022||06/02/2022||06/03/2022||03/04/2022|
|Study Block 2||07/02/2022||06/03/2022||03/04/2022||01/05/2022|
|Study Block 3||07/03/2022||03/04/2022||01/05/2022||29/05/2022|
|Study Block 4||04/04/2022||01/05/2022||29/05/2022||26/06/2022|
|Study Block 5||02/05/2022||29/05/2022||26/06/2022||24/07/2022|
|Study Block 6||06/06/2022||03/07/2022||31/07/2022||28/08/2022|
|Study Block 7||04/07/2022||31/07/2022||28/08/2022||25/09/2022|
|Study Block 8||01/08/2022||28/08/2022||25/09/2022||23/10/2022|
|Study Block 9||05/09/2022||02/10/2022||30/10/2022||27/11/2022|
|Study Block 10||03/10/2022||30/10/2022||27/11/2022||25/12/2022|
|Study Block 11||07/11/2022||04/12/2022||01/01/2023||29/01/2023|
|Study Block 12||05/12/2022||30/12/2022||29/01/2023||26/02/2023|
For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.
All students are required to undergo the online Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.
Those of you who have studied at tertiary level elsewhere, or who have relevant studies or work experience*, may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards your online La Trobe University qualification. Each college has specific policies in respect to the number and type of subjects and work experience it is willing to accept for advanced standing (credit) purposes.
We will inform you of the process for advanced standing at enrolment. However, if at some later point you believe you are eligible for advanced standing, please advise your Student Experience Team as soon as possible. It is preferable that you have advanced standing approved for a subject prior to starting it. Advanced standing must be approved before going through census for that subject.
For more information about advanced standing, contact us.
*Work experience recognition available to applicants of all La Trobe applied IT courses.
We firmly believe that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. To this end, our students can enjoy personal and online support for their health and wellbeing.
When you start your course, you will be given an invitation to join a live orientation (video conference) for the first day of your first term. This orientation is designed to answer any questions you have and help you navigate your online Learning Portal.
If you haven’t been formally studying for a while, or you just want a clearer understanding of what’s ahead, we have created an orientation portal to help you become study-ready. Not only does it highlight the features and benefits of studying online, but it’s packed with valuable information to help you succeed in your studies with us.
Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:
To get the most out of this exciting online experience, we recommend you equip yourself with the right tools for the job before you commence your studies.
All study resources (content and assessments) will be provided as part of the course. You will need to supply the following:
Students studying IT subjects will require the additional items:
Some of the latest Apple Mac computers are now equipped with M1 Processors as opposed to the previous Intel Processors. We do not recommend using a Mac computer with an M1 processor to access a Didasko delivered online course.
Your degree fees are only $8,021 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.*
*The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness and up to date status of the above information. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.
†Eligibility criteria applies. Available to Australian citizens and Permanent Residents only. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.
^ Minimum timeframe for the bachelor's degree is 36 months and can vary according to absence, advanced standing status, studying full-time versus part-time, availability of subjects and your progress in the course.
Career Guide. Interactive course samples. Pre-enrolment assessment.